Beirut Municipality is organizing with the support of Achrafieh 2020 a Christmas village on December 13 and 14 next to Sassine square. They will be transforming the area into a pedestrian Christmas village for everyone to enjoy and have fun.
The village will be open from 10am till 11pm. Check out more info [Here].
I think a lot of contractors from all around Lebanon would feel offended after watching this report as two years is a ridiculous record. They are way too incompetent to finish things in two years only! Take for example the “genius” Fiat bridge separator which was finally replaced by a height limiter. Of course the contractor was smart enough to build a crappy height limiter that got wrecked the next day.
Christine Assouad Sfeir and Carine Assouad are launching next year Semsom’s first outlet in New York City at 2 Astor Pl. This is their first venture in the US and will consist of a 1,256 square-foot space that will seat around 25 people. The plan is to open four more outlets in New York in 2015 and have around 200 locations across the US by 2020. This is a very ambitious plan but Christine is ranked No.19 on the Forbes list of the 200 most powerful business women in the Arab world for a good reason.
Semsom is open in Lebanon, KSA and Kuwait. I’ve been to Semsom few times and liked the food but that was a while ago. In fact I just realized I haven’t been to a Lebanese restaurant in a long while for some reason.
Check out the full NYPost article [Here].
Bringing Muslims to sing inside a Church or vice versa is probably the cheesiest thing to do but it works every time in Lebanon. I have nothing against it of course and I appreciate such initiatives as it brings people from different backgrounds together but I think the Lebanese people should be the one teaching our Muslim and Christian representatives how to work and co-exist together. Muslims singing Christmas songs or Christians singing Muslim chants will not get us a president, nor a proper infrastructure nor a decent electoral law to name few.
More importantly, it will not get us a fair and just law for women being abused by men and protected in a way or another by certain religious laws.
In all cases, I respect Minister Bou Saab as he has taken great care of his town Dhour Choueir and has done a tremendous work there. I just wish he’d extend this whole Christmas-Muslim partnership to be reflected in public schools and the educational system, and that he puts aside politics that are ruining Lebanese universities in few areas in Lebanon.
I spotted this cool pie in a random place on the street in Beirut. Does anyone know why it’s there or what’s the story behind it?
I wish I knew the person who decided that this picture of Saint Paul’s Cathedral overlooking the Jounieh Bay refers to Beirut. Every time Beirut wins an award or is included in some list, they use the same Harissa shot that has nothing to do with Beirut.
If they need nice pictures of Beirut, I am more than willing to provide them tons of pictures and free of charge.
Maz Jobrani, one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy, is coming back to Lebanon to support Sanad Hospice Care yet another time. He will hold one fundraising event on December 14th at the Forum de Beyrouth at 7:30 pm. SANAD is an independent non-governmental non-profit organization established in January 2010 with a mission to provide comprehensive home-based hospice care to terminally ill patients while preserving their dignity and enhancing the quality of their remaining life.
You can buy tickets [here].
Our friend Mahmoud Ghazayel emailed the ISS asking them to send him the latest image they took of Beirut from above and this is what he got.
Click [Here] for the larger image.
Maissa Abou Adal Ghanem & Ghia Khayat Hawari launched a month ago the second edition of “Recettes de vie”, a cook book with more 200 delicious recipes collected from chefs all over the world, and that reveals culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation. I was at the event and got to meet both authors who are very passionate about their book and this unique culinary experience they are offering their readers. Moreover and this is the most important part, all proceeds from Recettes de Vie 2 are distributed to non-political and non-religious organizations that defend the rights of women and children.
I personally loved the book, and so did my wife. There are so many great recipes that I am eager to try out or taste since I don’t really know how to cook.
Recettes de vie 2 was launched in Dubai, London and Paris lately. If you are interested in buying the book, check out their [website].
Arabian Business released their 2014 list of the world’s richest Arabs and five Lebanese made the top 50 list just like last year. Here are the names of the richest Lebanese in the Arab world for 2014 and how they compared to last year.
Joseph Safra (Lebanese-Brazilian)
Rank: 3 (Up 5 spots from 2013)
Wealth: $11.9 billion
Rank: 27 (Down 2 spots)
Wealth: $3.2 billion
Rank: 28 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $3.2 billion
The Hayek Family
Rank: 33 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $2.9 billion
Rank: 35 (Down 6 spots)
Wealth: $2.7 billion
Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal topped the list with $28.1 billion dollars. Check out the full list [Here].